Bronx officials and residents unite against plans to bring medical facility to vacant lot

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Bronx officials and Riverdale residents have recently united together against rumored plans to bring a high-rise medical facility to a vacant lot on Riverdale.

This is not the first time officials and residents have expressed negative feelings toward the idea of a renovation project. Montefiore Health System and development company Simone Healthcare stopped worked on a proposal to bring a 14-story building to the vacant lot near the intersection with West 238th in 2015.

Sources told News 12 that Community Board 8's land-use committee was contacted by Simone Healthcare this week to express a continued interest in still developing the site as a multiservice health care facility. The details of the plan are still in the early stages.

Montefiore Health System officials deny any involvement in these renewed plans.

A spokesperson for the developers says Simone Healthcare has recently communicated with representatives of the Riverdale community to discuss planning for their property at 3745 Riverdale Ave. They also say it will be an ongoing process with the community as planning and ideas continue to develop.

Residents and lawmakers say they have yet to hear directly from anyone involved in the decision about their concerns over the proposed building and the traffic it could potentially bring to what some residents say is already a congested roadway.




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